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Should We Have Armies of Foreign Languages?

KLONDIKE, CP Army Central Philosophy Desk – Throughout the history of the Club Penguin army community, there have been different armies. Many armies of different color, leaders, names, individuals, their own histories, ages, and.. different languages?

As strange as it sounds, there were a few select armies that were in foreign language, and the most prominent language used aside from English is Spanish, correct? One example of these armies would be the Wild Ninjas. All right, so an army has a foreign language, so what? It can affect the Club Penguin army community to an extent if the foreign language system is used.

If a person’s first language is Spanish, French, Portuguese, etc., then gaining troops for their army will be quite the tricky task, but if they happen to be bilingual, then there’s a way to make an army of a foreign language see a prosperous future. As a matter of fact, gaining foreign speaking armies will help bring in more recruits.

The main benefit of introducing foreign language speaking armies and troops into the community would be a boost in overall population to keep the community going. Seriously, you wouldn’t think that the English 150 servers were the only servers, right?

What this community could do is start recruiting individuals that are bilingual, or just speak one foreign language. Here’s where the tricky part comes in: how do we even communicate with them to join us?

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The language select as seen on ClubPenguin.com

Out of all the troops in this community, surely one of them will know English and a foreign language that is either Spanish, French, or Portuguese. If that is not the case for whatever reason, then this community may want to enlist the help of a translator.

The Wild Ninjas and other foreign language speaking, smaller armies have provided a new opportunity for this community to grow in a different way. There are four languages in Club Penguin, but there are still so many servers to recruit on.

Many would point out that the use of foreign language speaking armies would be quite pointless, seeing how many of those troops recruited could be from the AUSIA division; therefore, the army would be quite small. AUSIA armies tend to not last very long due to time and just the lack of overall individuals in comparison to the UK and US divisions.

Then again, there are a lot of people in the United States and in the UK that are either bilingual or just speak a foreign language, so at this point, size shouldn’t really be an issue. The main issue here is communication with those of different languages.

“Chris, translating languages is no problem if you use Google Translate!”

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, and a thousand times, NO.

Google Translate will never cut it for translations of complex meaning and elaborate syntax, although it does work quite well with basic translations. As a society that consists of intellectual human beings, the sequence of thought that runs through an average person’s head is not basic (it’s basic only if the person is a small child). Google Translate fails when put side-by-side with a human translator. Here are some ways that the Google Translator can fail:

  • Google Translate only takes what it feels as the “best” translations in accordance to how certain words/phrases have been used in other documents. It chooses the most probable translation, meaning that nobody really knows if the translation is accurate for meaningful communication.
  • Language is based on simple rules, and every language has its own set of rules to go by. As a result of Google being mainly English based, it can struggle with grammatical concepts from other parts of the world, especially in Romance languages.
  • Still going off of rules, Google Translate is unable to decipher which audience it’s writing to; therefore, one could be overly formal in an informal situation, or can be informal in what is supposed to be a very formal social setting.
  • Google Translate can barely translate complex sentences, and doesn’t even add correct punctuation at some points, or just can’t flat-out translate a sentence. This is a result of statistics in certain languages being used and others being missed out on.

 

One would think that these issues could mean nothing, but a few mistakes could lead to one party misunderstanding and starting conflict, or just getting flat-out confused. Communication is vital in this community, so what we all need to do is find a few human translators to aid in army relations and meetings. The translators in question do not have to be professionally trained, as many countries are starting to heavily teach English as its becoming a global language nowadays. All it takes is for those translators in question to help recruit foreign language speaking troops and some bilingual troops, form an army, and the community might start growing in that new way.

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The translator that will never make the cut

Now, there are a ton of people in this world that just speaks their own language, and that’s about it. That’s why this community might want human translators.

It’s been confirmed that Club Penguin Island might still have servers, and if that confirmation from various troops of this community is true, then we still have a chance to take the opportunity to grow thanks to the aid of foreign language speaking individuals and human translators.

If that’s not the case, then let’s try to make the best of what this community has.

Here at CP Army Central, we want YOUR opinion! Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Christohper1

CP Army Central Associate Producer

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11 Responses

  1. this is lovely post chris! great for new recruits to understand from around the world!

  2. I love this post, my main language is spanish, and I think that it would be really cool to have a lot of foreign languages armies

  3. That’s right.
    Some people, who are learning English in school, still can have problems, like me (I’m from Poland, so from country, who’s have the most hard language on world, near Japanese and Chinese).Not only normal people, very famous persons – like Penelope Cruz – too.
    But then, if some army must be in concret language…where we can find troops, who are speaking in this language? Or it’s very very small quantity or they have – once again – problem with current learning language.
    It’s very good plan, but it’s too hard to release it.

  4. Great post! its nice to see that somebody is not upset over an army that uses a different language. 😀

  5. I see it as an opportunity to communicate and expand networking. 🙂

  6. I can’t believe you didn’t mention Metal Warriors in this post lol

  7. Yeah Metal Warriors were the first and most historic non English speaking army

  8. I agree I would like a french army I’m french

  9. You mentioned that foreign language armies can bring in more recruits, and I understand your point here – however I don’t think that’s in all cases, a good thing. You appear to have focused a lot on the whole positive side of it, but not the fact that if they do decide to join the English armies, which is in itself very unlikely, it’s going to be so complicated.

  10. French Canadian 😉

  11. What the hell do you mean “should we have armies for foreign language?” Who are we to say no? If someone who speaks another language wants to make an army, then what the hell are we to do about it even if we had a problem with it for whatever reason?

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